Ah, there we go.
This was a good win, a dominant win featuring five Golden State Warriors players scoring in double figures. Sure, the Orlando Magic aren’t an elite playoff team or anything, but this was the blowout win we all needed. There were a few milestones accomplished tonight too: it’s a bit of a formality, but this win cements the Pacific division for us; oh and Steph Curry joined Chris Mullin as the only Warrior to have over 1,000 steals
Steph Curry gave us an early scare when he got tangled up with Elfrid Payton (maybe he stepped on his foot?). It was a tense couple of minutes, but Curry soon returned no worse for wear - this was with the bad ankle, by the way.
Stephen Curry suffered a slight tweak of his right ankle. He has returned to the game.— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) March 17, 2017
The team is just calling it a tweak, and Steph did have a great night, but something to keep an eye on. Because of the blowout, he headed to the locker room a little early to ice it down and should be good to go for Saturday’s matchup against the Bucks.
Too many good nights to list
It’s a nice problem to have, but I’m not sure who to highlight tonight. We don’t really do the Warrior Wonder award any more, and I’m glad because it would be almost impossible to pick a best player from this game.
It could easily be Klay Thompson, who stepped to the fore in the 1st when Steph went out. Klay went off for 21 points in the first frame, mostly on the strength of five made three pointers. Klay ended the night with a team-high 29 points.
It could also be Curry, who figured out a way to contribute, in spite of his continuing struggles from deep. 25 points and nine assists on the night. His biggest play of the night was basically him not getting hurt though. -�
Steph was 2-for-7 from deep on the night and if I’m not mistaken, BOTH of those made threes were unintentionally banked in.
Most importantly, there was joy!
Andre Iguodala was phenomenal tonight too. He led the bench with 14 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals. Other standout performances were delivered by Zaza Pachulia (10 and 10), Ian Clark (12 points in 19 minutes), and JaVale McGee (who somehow pulled 3 blocks in six minutes).
We’ll have a ton of coverage coming up for this game, so for now, let’s party!
Next up: Bucks on Saturday
Post game resources:
Have you caught this fine feature? They show old funny photos of the players, and let the Warriors free style hashtags to describe them.